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Wide Burnt Land, Canberra

By BobinAus
A view from the western edge of Canberra into early morning light, across new suburban development to Black Mountain and its love-it-or-loathe-it tower. Much of the woodland in this picture was decimated by wildfires in 2002 and 2003 yet the regrowth is thin and patchy. Recovery from the bush fires has been slow due to cold winters, poor soils and long droughts.

This is a pano stitch of three exposures taken on a morning bike ride. The lens is not one of the sharpest in the Olympus range but it is light, small and easy to carry.

Thanks very much to everyone who viewed, voted for or commented on Stepping Stones, my previous upload.

Tags: Australia Fog Tower Cloud Hills Canberra Morning light Landscape and travel

Voters: bliba, franken, Ted447 and 36 more

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bliba Plus
16 2 Austria
7 May 2020 10:52AM
very atmospheric
BobinAus Plus
6 3 11 Australia
7 May 2020 11:59AM

Quote:very atmospheric


Thanks very much Oliver. Bob
Legend147 6 295 United Kingdom
7 May 2020 12:10PM
A lovely panoramic with subtle layers of detail😊
JuBarney Plus
10 36 5 United Kingdom
7 May 2020 7:29PM
A terrific landscape
Ju
Chinga Plus
11 3 2 United Kingdom
7 May 2020 11:20PM
Brilliant image and scenery... Glad to reach 30 in this fine composition...
Isabel GrinGrin
BobinAus Plus
6 3 11 Australia
8 May 2020 12:24PM

Quote:A lovely panoramic with subtle layers of detail😊


Thanks very much Andy. Regards, Bob
BobinAus Plus
6 3 11 Australia
8 May 2020 12:25PM

Quote:A terrific landscape
Ju



Thanks Ju. Cheers, Bob
BobinAus Plus
6 3 11 Australia
8 May 2020 12:26PM

Quote:Brilliant image and scenery... Glad to reach 30 in this fine composition...
Isabel GrinGrin



I appreciate your kind comment very much Isabel. Thank you. Bob
gconant Plus
10 32 1 United States
9 May 2020 12:44AM
Beautiful Bob !!
It looks like a beautiful area !!

Glenn
BobinAus Plus
6 3 11 Australia
9 May 2020 6:20AM

Quote:Beautiful Bob !!
It looks like a beautiful area !!

Glenn



Thanks very much for your comment Glenn - and for your award too. (I must have forgotten to turn off awards for this picture.) To be honest much of the lower land in this vista still looks fire ravaged rather than beautiful but the play of light on the hills and the morning mist is very pretty.
Cheers,
Bob
Tooma 5 2.2k 3 Scotland
9 May 2020 5:21PM
Lovely mood to your shot, Bob, like a soft water-colour wash. That tower looks so out of place, though at least it's only one, unlike those awful looking blights of wind towers covering landscapes in their dozens. 😎
BobinAus Plus
6 3 11 Australia
11 May 2020 11:40AM
Thanks for your comment Tom. Much appreciated! Even at a long, long distance that spike looks out of place!

In a sparsely settled country like Australia, wind turbines don't look too bad in certain locations e.g. along nondescript ridges above major development (highways, open cut mines etc) that already mars the view. What concerns me more about them is their potential impact on bird populations and the risk they might pose to the health of nearby residents. Cheers, Bob
Tooma 5 2.2k 3 Scotland
12 May 2020 2:29AM
@Bob - They are bad news for birds right enough. I don't have the figures to hand, Bob, but I remember hearing it is a fairly heavy toll on them.
Minty805 Plus
5 43 9 United Kingdom
15 May 2020 9:49PM
That's a powerful shot, Bob. The lighting and atmospheric conditions hanging over the valley have a sense of foreboding. I can see how the spire would be a matter of opinion and I'm not sure which side I'd vote.
Allan
BobinAus Plus
6 3 11 Australia
16 May 2020 12:16PM

Quote:That's a powerful shot, Bob. The lighting and atmospheric conditions hanging over the valley have a sense of foreboding. I can see how the spire would be a matter of opinion and I'm not sure which side I'd vote.
Allan



Thanks very much for your comment Allan, The combination of heavy cloud and ground-hugging fog is unusual in Canberra. Both dissipated quickly under the harsh Australian sun. My attitude to the tower swings from from one extreme to the other, depending on whether I'm viewing it from a rural location or a built-up area. Cheers, Bob

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